Big plans for small communities

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By Wendel Sloan: Local columnist Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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New Mexico Highlands University: Courtesy photo Former Melrose High standout Clint Barnard, pressed into quarterback duty at New Mexico Highlands this season, is shown carrying the ball for a gain during the Cowboys’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game against Chadron State on Oct. 15. Barnard, who helped Melrose to two 8-man state titles, began the […]

Graves full of unfulfilled dreams

Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions about the […]

What matters most is our opinion of God

With the beginning of a new college semester, I think back to my own college days. During those years, I had many wonderful professors who were friendly and engaging. Then I had a few that were really intimidating. One was an English professor. My sophomore year, I needed an English class so I chose an […]

Business digest — Aug. 2

Procurement advisor appointed Jonnie Loadwick has been appointed procurement advisor for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. Serving clients in Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca, Quay, Guadalupe, Harding and Union counties, PTAP assists small businesses in discovering government procurement opportunities and provides a wide range of procurement counseling, training […]

Press release: Federal help available for local business

In an effort to combat the high unemployment rate and frozen credit markets, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act late last year. The federal government has distributed several million dollars to Small Business Development Centers across all fifty states to help small business begin exporting and increase sales overseas. In New […]

Disaster loans available for small, non-farm businesses

CNJ staff Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The […]

Officials: Bank consolidation should mean job gain

CNJ staff Officials for US Bank said their plan to consolidate two branches in Clovis should result in a small gain of jobs. Following the close of business July 15, the branch located at 801 Pile Street will close. On July 18, services will resume at the bank’s location at 2501 N. Prince Street. US […]

Udall Discusses Bill to Expand Federal Contracting for Small Businesses, War in Afghanistan and His Proposal to Treat PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a bill he plans to introduce that will expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. He also gave his thoughts on Afghanistan ahead of the President’s announcement on Wednesday regarding troop reductions. In addition he previewed […]

Religion digest —

Church celebrates 70 years Immanuel Lutheran Church is celebrating 70 years in Clovis by creating a commemorative medallion, according to a news release. A small group of Lutheran Christians in Clovis adopted their official congregational constitution on May 7, 1941. There are eight Lutheran churches in New Mexico with the name Immanuel begun through the […]

Weddings — April 17

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Dixon Candace Eaton and Daniel Dixon of Carbondale, Colo., were married March 6, 2011 in the mountains of Aspen, Colo. The ceremony was small an intimate with immediate family in attendance. The bride is the daughter of Ronnie and Charlotte Eaton of Clovis. She is employed as a professor at Colorado Mountain College. The groom […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Everybody’s business: Outstanding clients of year selected

The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College has named Darrin and Julie Burns outstanding clients of the year. Mr. and Mrs. Burns, owners of Fort Sumner Processing, were honored in a special ceremony in February at the sate capital. In 2003, Darrin Burns discussed plans for a slaughter/meat processing business with me at […]

Small Texas schools bracing for education cuts

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Liliana Castillo With a $27 billion shortfall expected in Texas’ budget for the next two years, educators in the Lone Star State are just waiting on the final word on how deep the cuts will be. Gene Sheets, Muleshoe Independent School District superintendent and president of the Texas Association of Rural Schools, said educators are […]

Small business development center selects state director

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Small Business Development Center network has selected Michael Rivera as the new state director, according to a news release. The NMSBDC operates 20 statewide centers which serve small business owners and those attempting to start small businesses. Rivera, outgoing Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, […]

Gambling sting shameful waste of resources

Freedom New Mexico Do you feel safer, Portales, knowing New Mexico law enforcement has busted a bunch of your peaceful neighbors for playing small-stakes poker? We didn’t think so. The alleged infraction occurred Dec. 30 when 10 funseekers were captured playing Texas Hold ‘em by a New Mexico Department of Public Safety agent’s hidden camera. […]

Cell regeneration benefits wounded

Sometime this year, at the Army Institute of Surgical Research on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, more severely burned service members will benefit directly from the emerging science of cell regeneration. In a new clinical trial, doctors will remove a small patch of a patient’s undamaged skin. The patch, no bigger than a small Post-It note, […]